The Role of Humans #haiku

The Grand Oak

The trees grant their leaves
Allowed to drop in autumn
Humans rake them up

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Written for Colleen’s Weekly poetry challenge. Most weeks she gives us two words to use in our syllabic poems, but we must use synonyms. This week she gave us Fall and Give. I did a Haiku.

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I am continuing the trend to use my old drawings that I have previously posted on my blog. The tree is based on an oak tree in my back yard, which is actually bigger than in the drawing!

28 thoughts on “The Role of Humans #haiku

      1. Prior...

        Glad you are finding inspiration from your artwork – it gives us two things to soak up – the words and the art.
        And I think you paired the theme well
        – but there is also a bit of contrast with the art- it has a stillness to it and not piles of leaves (a Hopper feel almost) and so that added An extra interesting layer

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It is fun digging through the old drawings that I used to post – I used to do at least one new drawing a week, sometimes more. Yeah, I get that contrast. Perhaps he has finished his chore or is waiting for each leaf to drop and collecting the individually ;) I guess like Hopper it is a snapshot of a quiet moment of life, we aren’t always doing something, sometimes just sipping coffee or hiding behind large trees …

          Thanks, Y!

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          1. Prior...

            Yes – peeking from the tree – but with rake and still having some purpose – but maybe chill enough to pause.
            And I am thinking about doing a drawing or painting a week in 2020.
            When you did your regular drawings – did you use loose sheets or a sketch book

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              For the blog posts, I did both. Sometimes I just picked up a sheet of printer paper and drew. I do have sketch books and large pads and use them for “serious” drawing – or did, I don’t draw enough any more. Sometimes I would pull one out to do the blog drawing. Just whatever was most convenient at the time.

              Funny, a few minutes after reading the one comment I hit a blog that was a poem based on Hopper’s most famous painting, Nighthawks, which is what I was thinking of when I said drinking a cup of coffee. Very funny that it came up right after we were talking about it.

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              1. Prior...

                That is spooky cool to see that post about nighthawks – can u add a link to it here so I can go and see it?
                Would love to check it out..,
                And side note – our local museum is having some kind of Hopper exhibit coming up- only heard a quick mention and need to hear more – but I am excited about it

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! Yes, he is hiding from his responsibility, and he is hiding because I was in a hurry when I did the initial pencil sketch and didn’t feel like taking time to draw a proportionally correct human ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Our leaf season is pretty spread out, but I just do it a few times. I’ve also read that leaves should be cleaned up in the late spring. It doesn’t hurt the grass, as we have always been told, and provided places for critters during the winder. Although the article I read concentrated on insects and such, I discovered the truth when I found baby bunnies in my back yard this spring, or I should say my dog found them….

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